Anencephaly is a condition in which a fetus forms with a partially
formed brain and spinal cord. A child with this condition is stillborn or dies
shortly after birth.
Anencephaly can be detected with prenatal tests, such as ultrasound
and amniocentesis. If a woman learns that she is pregnant with a fetus that has
anencephaly, termination of the pregnancy is usually offered.
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